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May Day: A Graphic History of Protest

by Mark Leier Sam Bradd Trevor Mckilligan Robin Folvik Sean Carleton

May Day: A Graphic History of Protest traces the development of International Workers’ Day, May 1st, against the ever-changing economic and political backdrop in Canada. Recognizing the importance of work and the historical struggles of workers to improve their lives, with a particular focus on the struggles of May 1st, the comic includes the reader as part of this history, and the story concludes that “We are all part of this historical struggle; it’s our history and our future.”

No-Nonsense Guide to Fair Trade, 3rd Edition (No-Nonsense Guides #7)

by Sally Blundell

An in-depth look at two decades of a movement that aims to challenge the ethical foundations of the global market. Transnational corporations look for the cheapest suppliers, while the fair trade movement insists on a premium for the producersat the start of the chain. Sally Blundell explores the origins of fair trade and what it is likely to become in the face of growing disparities between the principles and the practice.

No-Nonsense Guide to World Food, 2nd Edition (No-Nonsense Guides #28)

by Wayne Roberts

In this updated edition of The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food Wayne Roberts puts under the microscope a global food system that is under strain from climate change and from economic disaster. He shows how a world food system based on supermarkets and agribusiness corporations is unsustainable and looks at new models of producing healthy food from all over the world.

Leadership in a Time of Crisis: The Way Forward in a Changed World (100 Coaches)

by Marshall Goldsmith Scott Osman

The business world as we knew it will never be the same again. And in this time of crisis, leaders are looking for the best guidance and direction they can find.Leadership in a Time of Crisis offers a wide range of thought on the present COVID-19 pandemic from some of the world&’s most effective consultants in all areas of employee and customer growth and engagement_x2014_considering the ramifications on people, on the healthcare system, on local, national and global economies, and on our businesses. In early March 2020, as the present crisis was unfolding, member consultants of the not for profit organization Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches began meeting daily to discuss the developments and repercussions of current events. They heard from global leaders from around the world. This book reflects the one insight from each of the thirty-seven contributors that could most help leaders during this time of unprecedented crisis. Each contributor believes that by supporting the growth and development of leaders in all areas, we can create more value in the companies we serve and better lives for the people with whom we work and the communities in which we live. Featuring essays by: Asheesh Advani, president and CEO of Junior Achievement Jenny Blake, author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next OnePeter Bregman, author of 18 Minutes and Leading with Emotional CourageDavid Burkus, author of Pick A FightJames M. Citrin, author of The Career PlaybookErica Dhawan, co-author of Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional IntelligenceConnie Dieken, author of Become the Real Deal and Talk Less, Say MoreChester Elton, co-author of Leading with Gratitude, The Carrot Principle, and All InRobert Glazer, author of Elevate and Performance PartnershipsSally Helgesen, author of How Women RiseWhitney Johnson, author of Disrupt Yourself: Master Relentless Change and Speed Up Your Learning CurveTom Kolditz, author of In Extremis Leadership: Leading As If Your Life Depended On ItHarry Kraemer, author of From Values to Action and Becoming the BestMartin Lindstrom, author of Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We BuyRita McGrath, author of Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They HappenSharon Melnick, author of Success Under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying CalmDave Meltzer, author of Game-Time Decision Making: High-Scoring Business Strategies from the Biggest Names in SportsRichie Norton, author of Resumes Are DeadLuara Gassner Otting, author of Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best LifeLiz Wiseman, author of Multipliers, The Multiplier Effect, and Rookie Smarts And many more!

A Wicked Game: The Ruthless Rivals (Ruthless Rivals #3)

by Kate Bateman

A Wicked Game marks the third book in Kate Bateman's popular regency romance series, Ruthless Rivals.If there’s one thing impossible for a Davies to resist, it’s a challenge from a Montgomery. . .A teasing bet.Shipwrecked and imprisoned thanks to an incorrect map, Captain Morgan Davies has returned to London to exact sweet revenge on the cartographer responsible for his suffering. He’s also vowed to claim the winner’s prize—three kisses—in the bet he made with his long-time nemesis, the prickly, smart-mouthed Harriet Montgomery. His incarceration has clarified his feelings for her, but convincing the infuriating woman he wants to marry her is going to be his greatest challenge yet. When Harriet’s revealed to be the very mapmaker he seeks, Morgan decides to combine revenge and seduction into one delightful package. . . A dangerous enemy.Harriet’s always wanted witty scoundrel Morgan, and now he’s back; as handsome and as taunting as ever. She has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s failing eyesight and a rival mapmaker copying her work to play wicked games with a dastardly Davies—however tempting he might be. But when a threat from Morgan’s past puts them both in danger, Harry discovers that she and Morgan might not be enemies at all . . .

Investment Valuation: Tools and Techniques for Determining the Value of Any Asset (Wiley Finance #666)

by Aswath Damodaran

The definitive source of information on all topics related to investment valuation tools and techniques Valuation is at the heart of any investment decision, whether that decision is buy, sell or hold. But the pricing of many assets has become a more complex task in modern markets, especially after the recent financial crisis. In order to be successful at this endeavor, you must have a firm understanding of the proper valuation techniques. One valuation book stands out as withstanding the test of time among investors and students of financial markets, Aswath Damodaran'sInvestment Valuation. Now completely revised and updated to reflect changing market conditions, this third edition comprehensively introduces investment professionals and students to the range of valuation models available and how to chose the right model for any given asset valuation scenario. This edition includes valuation techniques for a whole host of real options, start-up firms, unconventional assets, distressed companies and private equity, and real estate. All examples have been updated and new material has been added. Fully revised to incorporate valuation lessons learned from the last five years, from the market crisis and emerging markets to new types of equity investments Includes valuation practices across the life cycle of companies and emphasizes value enhancement measures, such as EVA and CFROI Contains a new chapter on probabilistic valuation techniques such as decision trees and Monte Carlo Simulation Author Aswath Damodaran is regarded as one of the best educators and thinkers on the topic of investment valuation This indispensable guide is a must read for anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of investment valuation and its methods. With it, you can take the insights and advice of a recognized authority on the valuation process and immediately put them to work for you.

Searching for Words in Jane Austen

by June Durant

There are crosswords, codewords, wordsearch and even letter Sudoku, but here is something different with a Jane Austen theme: hidden words to be found in appropriate sentences. Subjects range from her life and her writing to her Georgian and Regency world. Those in the know will enjoy allusions and may even learn something new. The information is light reading designed to appeal to newcomers.

Rip Ford's Texas (Personal Narratives of the West)

by John Salmon Ford

The Republic of Texas was still in its first exultation over independence when John Salmon "Rip" Ford arrived from South Carolina in June of 1836. Ford stayed to participate in virtually every major event in Texas history during the next sixty years. Doctor, lawyer, surveyor, newspaper reporter, elected representative, and above all, soldier and Indian fighter, Ford sat down in his old age to record the events of the turbulent years through which he had lived. Stephen Oates has edited Ford's memoirs to produce a clear and vigorous personal history of Texas.

Bob Kleberg and the King Ranch: A Worldwide Sea of Grass

by John Cypher

Ranching on the vast scale that Texas is famous for actually happened at King Ranch, a sea of grass that ultimately spread its pastures to countries around the globe under the fifty-year leadership of Bob Kleberg. This absorbing biography, written by Kleberg's top assistant of many years, captures both the life of the man and the spirit of the kingdom he ruled, offering a rare, insider's view of life on a fabled Texas ranch. John Cypher spent forty years (1948-1988) on King Ranch. In these pages, he melds highlights of Kleberg's life with memories of his own experiences as the "right hand" who implemented many of Kleberg's grand designs. In a lively story laced with fascinating anecdotes he both recounts his worldwide travels with Kleberg as the ranch expanded its holdings to Latin America, Cuba, Australia, the Philippines, Europe, and Africa, and describes timeless, traditional tasks such as roundup at the home ranch in Kingsville. Kleberg's accomplishments as the founder of the Santa Gertrudis cattle breed and a breeder of Thoroughbred racing horses receive full attention, as does his fabled lifestyle, which included friendships not merely with the rich and famous but also with Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who shared his love of horse racing. For everyone interested in ranching and one of its most famous practitioners, this book will be essential reading.

At the Back of the North Wind (The Cullen Collection Series #10)

by George MacDonald

The North Wind takes a young boy along on her many adventures in this classic Victorian fantasy novel by the author who inspired Lewis Carroll. Diamond is a charming young boy who spreads joy wherever he goes. But while he is accustomed to getting along well with others, he never expected to befriend the very wind howling through his bedroom. A mysterious and beautiful spirit, the North Wind soon invites Diamond to fly with her across the countryside as she performs her many tasks. Though Diamond is captivated by his magical adventures with the North Wind, he is also confused by her behavior. While she does many positive things for people, some of her actions seem terrible. Could it be true that what appears to be harmful—even sinking a ship—is ultimately done for good? At the Back of the North Wind is one of the most beloved works by nineteenth-century children’s book writer George MacDonald, who inspired a number of other notable authors, including Lewis Carroll, J. M. Barrie, and L. Frank Baum.

The Arabian Nights: More Marvels And Wonders Of The Thousand And One Nights (The Arabian Nights Series #1)

by Richard Burton

<p>The first volume of the classic collection of Middle Eastern stories, including “Tale of the Three Apples” and “Tale of the Trader and the Jinni.”<p> <p>To be chosen by King Shahriyar as a wife was a death sentence. After a single night of marriage, he executed each of his wives. So when Scheherazade was picked, she knew her time on Earth had reached its end—unless she could hold the king’s interest. To that end, each night she spun a new enchanting, erotic, mesmerizing tale, always keeping the king guessing as to its conclusion—and sparing her life for another thousand and one nights.<p> <p>The first volume of this collection, translated by the renowned British explorer Sir Richard Burton, begins the stories that Scheherazade told . . .<p>

Jack the Ripper?

by Philip Jones

Readers are transported to Victorian London and introduced to Inspector Doyle, a modern-day detective with eternal life, who discovers that he has been wrongly named as ‘Jack the Ripper’, the Victorian serial killer. Nobody wants that label at any time in history, so with the aid of time travel he returns to the year 1888 in an attempt to clear his name. Another complication for Inspector Doyle is that his modern-day daughter, Flora, who he has left behind to travel back several centuries, is becoming increasingly suspicious of her father’s identity. This is after making her way into his Shrewsbury study, that she is forbidden to enter. The only good thing about returning to 1888 is that Inspector Doyle is able to rekindle his relationship with daughter Alice and wife Eleanor, who he had to leave behind all those centuries ago. Alice can then only but marvel at her father’s abilities to answer a question that only he knows the answer to, because he has travelled into the future and back. The story references many Victorian objects that have been meticulously researched and then used to tell a story that is only possible through time travel and a rather clever inventor who may or may not be still alive. Many elements of the original Jack the Ripper case are also detailed as are the horrors of Whitechapel. Find out whether Inspector Doyle manages to clear his name by discovering who the real Jack the Ripper is, and expect a twist at the end that involves both daughters and a Victorian book that, unlike the rest of Inspector Doyle’s objects, is unable to exist in parallel between the two time zones.

Playback: A Novel (A\philip Marlowe Novel Ser. #7)

by Raymond Chandler

Marlowe is hired by an influential lawyer he's never herd of to tail a gorgeous redhead, but decides he prefers to help out the redhead. She's been acquitted of her alcoholic husband's murder, but her father-in-law prefers not to take the court's word for it."Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence:" -- Ross MacdonaldFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

Bible 101: From Genesis and Psalms to the Gospels and Revelation, Your Guide to the Old and New Testaments (Adams 101)

by Dr. Edward D. Gravely Dr. Peter Link Jr.

A comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide to the ins and outs of the Old and New Testaments.Get a crash course in the most beloved book of all time—the bible. Simplifying the words and concepts of the bible doesn&’t have to be an overwhelming undertaking. From Exodus to the prophets and the psalms and revelation, Bible 101 gives you a basic overview of every part of this important book. Written in easy-to-understand language, Bible 101 offers a fascinating—and memorable—glimpse at the sacred stories, traditions, and doctrines that appear in the New and Old Testaments. No matter what your familiarity with the bible is currently, Bible 101 can help you understand the word of God.

Creation and Chaos in the Primeval Era and the Eschaton: A Religio-Historical Study of Genesis 1 and Revelation 12 (The Biblical Resource Series)

by Hermann Gunkel

Foreword by Peter MachinistHermann Gunkel's groundbreaking Schöpfung und Chaos, originally published in German in 1895, is here translated in its entirety into English for the first time. Even though available only in German, this work by Gunkel has had a profound influence on modern biblical scholarship.Discovering a number of parallels between the biblical creation accounts and a Babylonian creation account, the Enuma Elish, Gunkel argues that ancient Babylonian traditions shaped the Hebrew people's perceptions both of God's creative activity at the beginning of time and of God's re-creative activity at the end of time.Including illuminating introductory pieces by eminent scholar Peter Machinist and by translator K. William Whitney, Gunkel's Creation and Chaos will appeal to serious students and scholars in the area of biblical studies.

Franklin Goes to the Hospital, Franklin and the Tooth Fairy, and Finders Keepers for Franklin: Franklin Goes to the Hospital, Franklin and the Tooth Fairy, and Finders Keepers for Franklin (Classic Franklin Stories)

by Paulette Bourgeois Brenda Clark

Franklin Goes to the HospitalIn this Franklin Classic Storybook, our hero goes to the hospital for an operation to repair his broken shell, and everyone thinks he’s being very brave. But Franklin is only pretending to be fearless. He’s worried that his X-rays will show just how frightened he is inside. With the help of Dr. Bear, Franklin learns that even though he’s feeling scared, he can still be brave.Franklin and the Tooth FairyIn this Franklin Classic Storybook, our hero discovers that, unlike most of his friends, he doesn’t have teeth, and worries that he’s missing out on the Tooth Fairy’s magical visits.Finders Keepers for FranklinIn this Franklin Classic Storybook, Franklin is very excited to find a camera. He knows that he should find the owner and return the camera, but his friends tell him “finders keepers!” and soon Franklin gets carried away taking pictures. With his father’s encouragement, Franklin decides to return the camera to its rightful owner—but finding out who the owner is takes some clever sleuthing!

Rebel Private: Front and Rear

by William Andrew Fletcher

Rebel Private Front and Rear is a line soldier''s account of the Civil War without heroics. Private Fletcher tells how at Gettysburg he was overcome by a "bad case of cowardly horror" when an order came on the third day to get ready to charge. "I tried to force manhood to the front, but fright would drive it back with a shudder," he confessed. The attack of jitters lasted about fifteen minutes, and then he fell asleep while awaiting the order to advance. But Fletcher could be brave to a fault. He was restless and venturesome and during the lulls between fighting would sometimes ask for permission to go on dangerous scouts into enemy territory. Once, just before Fredericksburg, he slipped out to a haystack in the no-man''s-land near the Rappahannock so that he could watch the Yankees build a bridge. And in his last fight at Bentonville he risked his life on a rash and futile impulse to capture a whole squad of Federals. At Second Manassas, Fletcher was struck by a bullet that grazed his bowels and lodged in his hip. His detailed description of his subsequent sensations and experiences is one of the most interesting portions of his narrative. He begged the surgeons to operate, but when they started cutting he howled so profanely that they threatened to abandon him. His reply was: "It don''t hurt as badly when I am cursing. " Wounded again at Chickamauga, Fletcher was incapacitated for further infantry service and was transferred to Company E, Eighth Texas Cavalry, and served with Terry''s Rangers until the end of the war. In north Georgia he participated in a number of thrilling skirmishes with mounted forces of Sherman''s command, and in one of these encounters he lost his horse. A short time later, in a daring effort to capture a mount from the Yankees, he was taken prisoner. The story of the forming and execution of his plan to escape by jumping from a moving boxcar is full of suspense and excitement. Rebel Private also reveals Fletcher as something of a philosopher. The narrative is sprinkled with dissertations on unexpected subjects, such as God, justice, and war. He reflects on the rightness and the necessity of "foraging," in home as well as enemy territory, but he tells with evident relish how he and his "pard" of the occasion "pressed" whiskey, honey, and chickens. Fletcher set down his experiences some forty years after the close of the Civil War. His story is told with the artlessness of the natural raconteur. Though the style is unpolished, the memoir makes lively reading because of the author''s eye for detail, his straightforward language, and his sense of humor. One of the most frequently cited narratives written by soldiers of Lee''s army, it derives its value as a historical source mainly from Fletcher''s honesty, his close observations, the richness and variety of his experiences, and the sharpness of his memory. Rebel Private Front and Rear is a line soldier''s account of the Civil War without heroics. Private Fletcher tells how at Gettysburg he was overcome by a "bad case of cowardly horror" when an order came on the third day to get ready to charge. "I tried to force manhood to the front, but fright would drive it back with a shudder," he confessed. The attack of jitters lasted about fifteen minutes, and then he fell asleep while awaiting the order to advance. But Fletcher could be brave to a fault. He was restless and venturesome and during the lulls between fighting would sometimes ask for permission to go on dangerous scouts into enemy territory. Once, just before Fredericksburg, he slipped out to a haystack in the no-man''s-land near the Rappahannock so that he could watch the Yankees build a bridge. And in his last fight at Bentonville he risked his life on a rash and futile impulse to capture a whole squad of Federals. At Second Manassas, Fletcher was struck by a bullet that grazed his bowels and lodged in his hip. His detailed description of his subsequent sensations and experiences is one of the most interesting portions of his narrative. He begged the surgeons...

For Free Trade, 1906 (Winston S. Churchill Early Speeches)

by Winston S. Churchill

For Free Trade was a political pamphlet originally published in 1906--and one of Winston Churchill's rarest works. Throughout his career--as both a Conservative and a Liberal--Winston Churchill was a strong supporter of free trade. As a Conservative, this position was sometimes controversial; early in his career, Churchill took a stand in opposing Joseph Chamberlain's proposed government tariffs designed to protect the economic dominance of Britain. This collection contains several speeches Churchill made on the subject of free trade, expressing his views with characteristic oratory brilliance.

Lord Randolph Churchill, 1906 (Lord Randolph Churchill #1)

by Winston S. Churchill

The first volume of Churchill’s two-volume biography of his father was an ambitious project. Lord Randolph Churchill had been a much-maligned character toward the middle and end of his life, and part of the purpose of this biography was to lift the haze of scandal surrounding his name. This first volume deals with early events in Lord Randolph Churchill’s life, including his upbringing, his education, and his quarrel with the Prince of Wales over a woman being courted by his brother. This episode resulted in a temporary exile from society that would serve as a prequel to Randolph’s later disgrace. While Churchill is clearly a supporter of his father’s, he is not afraid to be honest about the mistakes and failures of his career and personal life.

Dee Brown on the Civil War: Grierson's Raid, The Bold Cavaliers, and The Galvanized Yankees

by Dee Brown

Three true tales of Civil War combat, as recounted by a #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. The acclaimed historian of the American West turns his attention to the country’s bloody civil conflict, chronicling the exploits of extraordinary soldiers who served in unexpected ways at a pivotal moment in the nation’s history. Grierson’s Raid: The definitive work on one of the most astonishing missions of the Civil War’s early days. For two weeks in the spring of 1862, Col. Benjamin Grierson, a former music teacher, led 1,700 Union cavalry troops on a raid from Tennessee to Louisiana. The improbably successful mission diverted Confederate attention from Grant’s crossing of the Mississippi and set the stage for the Siege of Vicksburg. General Sherman called it “the most brilliant expedition of the war.” The Bold Cavaliers: In 1861, Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan and his brother-in-law Basil Duke put together a group of formidable horsemen, and set to violent work. Morgan’s Raiders began in their home state, staging attacks, recruiting new soldiers, and intercepting Union telegraphs. Most were imprisoned after unsuccessful incursions into Ohio and Indiana years later, but some Raiders would escape, regroup, and fight again in different conflicts. “Accurate and frequently exciting” (Kirkus Reviews). The Galvanized Yankees: The little-known and awe-inspiring true story of a group of captured Confederate soldiers who chose to serve in the Union Army rather than endure the grim conditions of prisoner of war camps. “An accurate, interesting, and sometimes thrilling account of an unusual group of men who rendered a valuable service to the nation in a time of great need” (The New York Times Book Review).

The Master of Mysteries: Being An Account Of The Problems Solved By Astro, Seer Of Secrets, And His Love Affair With Valeska Wynne, His Assistant (classic Reprint) (Library of Congress Crime Classics)

by Gelett Burgess

"In this exemplary Library of Congress Crime Classics reissue...those seeking quality Sherlock Holmes pastiches in a humorous vein will be well rewarded."— Publishers Weekly, Starred ReviewPacked with two dozen stories, The Master of Mysteries offers a twentieth-century, mystical twist on the classic consulting detective genre made popular by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. With Astro, the self-proclaimed "seer of secrets," author Gelett Burgess gives us a detective just as observant and brilliant as Sherlock Holmes—but with feelings.Astro, the Seer of Secrets, and his lovely assistant, Valeska, sound more like a magic act than a private detection team. Astro hides his powers of observation and reasoning beneath a turban and a cape, pretending to read palms and consult crystals while in fact keenly observing details that most people—police included—miss. Valeska, his beautiful blonde protégé, assists Astro with his investigations, all the while honing her own skills.Called upon by believers and skeptics both, they adeptly recover what is missing—a rare Shakespeare folio, a missing husband, a kidnapped child—while also solving actual murders. But it is their burgeoning romance, and their mutual zeal to work pro bono where matters of the heart are at stake, that set this crime-solving duo apart.

Dead Men Don't Decorate (Old Town Antique Mystery, An #1)

by Cordy Abbott

Art, murder, and a secret dating back centuries collide in Cordy Abbott&’s delightful cozy mystery series debut, perfect for fans of Jane K. Cleland.Roberto Fratelli, proprietor of the antiques store Waited4You, is the meanest man in Marthasville, Virginia. So when he puts the business up for sale, the other merchants in town are overjoyed. And now the business has a prospective buyer: local resident and the newly elected mayor's mom, Camille Benson, who&’s thrilled at the prospect of getting into the antiques business. During a celebration in honor of Camille&’s new venture, her best friend, Opal, tells her about finding a letter, purportedly from Sally Fairfax to George Washington, dated 1756, hidden under a chair in the shop. When they return to retrieve the cache, they find Roberto&’s lifeless body on the floor and no letter. Police question Ella Coleman, Roberto&’s ex-wife, and discover that her current husband supplied Roberto with oh-so-faux Victorian furniture. Did the two cheat the wrong customer? Or could the murder be connected to an earlier theft of rare books from the shop—a theft Roberto never reported? As Camille prepares to confront these questions and investigate the murder, she knows she might become the latest knock-off.

Elegías de Duino, seguido de cartas y poemas inéditos: Edición especial del centenario

by Rainer Maria Rilke

100 AÑOS DE UN CLÁSICO La edición definitiva de la obra maestra de Rilke, en una nueva traducción que incluye cartas y poemas inéditos «De vez en cuando ocurre el milagro: el escritor delicado, dubitativo y con tendencia ansiosa se retira, y a través de él resuena la música del universo: como la base de una fuente, hace tanto de oído como de instrumento».Hermann Hesse En 1923 vieron la luz las Elegías de Duino, uno de los ciclos poéticos más influyentes del siglo XX. Rainer Maria Rilke había empezado a escribirlo diez años antes, una década en la que el mundo cambió de forma vertiginosa. Las elegías dan vueltas a todo lo que estaba desapareciendo en un entorno cada vez más tecnificado: el sentido de la trascendencia, el amor más profundo y radical, la condición efímera del ser humano. Este volumen incluye, además de una nueva traducción a cargo de Adan Kovacsics y Andreu Jaume, los poemas que Rilke escribió en aquella época sobre la misma temática y una selección de cartas sobre la gestación de la obra. Todo esto la convierte en la edición más completa, ambiciosa y rigurosa que se ha hecho en castellano de este clásico de las letras europeas. La crítica ha dicho:«El último gran lírico europeo de la edad clásica».Félix de Azúa «Este gran lírico no ha hecho más que llevar a la perfección el poema alemán por primera vez; no fue una cumbre de esta época, fue una de esas alturas en las que el destino del espíritu hace pie para pasar sobre las épocas [...]. Su filiación es la de los siglos de la literatura alemana, no la de la actualidad».Robert Musil «Las Elegías de Duino constituyen el último residuo de la religiosidad, la última forma literaria de la certificación de lo religioso».Hannah Arendt «Aún no estamos preparados para interpretar las Elegías y los Sonetos de Rilke».Martin Heidegger «Hay una espera silenciosa de la palabra inspirada. Así, Rilke nos hace ver los largos momentos de recogimiento y de elocuencia difusa y, si se quiere, desatinada que culminaron después en las grandes Elegías».Álvaro Pombo «Leer las Elegías de Duino es sentir que el pensamiento se ha hecho rezo; las palabras, música; el poeta y el lector, una sola persona».Michael Dirda, The Washington Post «Si la palabra "magia" significa algo, he de decir que todo Rilke, su voz, su apariencia, sus modales, todo sobre él daba la impresión de una presencia mágica. Rilke le otorgaba a cada palabra, una vez pronunciada, el poder de un encantamiento».Paul Valéry «Rilke es el primer poeta desde el siglo XVII en encontrar una solución fresca».W. H. Auden

An American Tragedy (Signet Classics Ser.)

by Theodore Dreiser

<P>Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy (1925) is nothing less than what the title holds it to be; it is the story of a weak-willed young man who is both villain and victim (the victim of a valueless, materialistic society) and someone who ultimately destroys himself. <P>Dreiser modeled the story of Clyde Griffiths on a real-life murder that took place in 1906; a young social climber of considerable charm murdered his pregnant girlfriend to get her out of the way so that he could instead play to the affections of a rich girl who had begun to notice him. <P>But An American Tragedy is more than simply a powerful murder story. <P>Dreiser pours his own dark yearnings into his character, Clyde Griffiths, as he details the young man's course through his ambitions of wealth, power, and satisfaction. <P>The Indiana-born Dreiser (1871-1945) has never cut a dashing or romantic swath through American literature. <P>He has no Pulitzer or Nobel Prize to signify his importance. Yet he remains for myriad reasons: his novels are often larger than life, rugged, and defy the norms of conventional morality and organized religion. <P>They are unapologetic in their sexual candor--in fact, outrightly frank--and challenge even modern readers. <P>The brooding force of Dreiser's writing casts a dark shadow across American letters. <P>Here in An American Tragedy, Dreiser shows us the flip side of The American Dream in a gathering storm that echoes with all of the power and force of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. <P>Inspired by the writings of Balzac and the ideas of Spenser and Freud, Dreiser went on to become one of America's best naturalist writers. <P>An American Tragedy is testimony to the strength of Dreiser's work: it retains all of its original intensity and force.

Aspects of the Novel (The\abinger Edition Of E. M. Forster Ser.)

by E. M. Forster

Sponsored by Trinity College of the University of Cambridge, The Clark Lectures have a long and distinguished history and have featured remarks by some of England's most important literary minds: Leslie Stephen, T. S. Eliot, F. R. Leavis, William Epsom, and I. A. Richards. All have given celebrated and widely influential talks as featured keynote speakers. An important milestone came in 1927 when, for the first time, a novelist was invited to speak: E.M. Forster had recently published his masterpiece, A Passage to India, and rose to the occasion, delivering eight spirited and penetrating lectures on the novel. The decision to accept the lectureship was a difficult one for Forster. He had deeply ambivalent feelings about the use of criticism. Although suspecting that criticism was somewhat antithetical to creation, and upset by the thought that time spent on the lectures took away from his own work, Forster accepted. His talks were witty and informal, and consisted of sharp penetrating bursts of insight rather than overly-methodical analysis. In short, they were a great success. Gathered and published later as Aspects of the Novel, the ideas articulated in his lectures would gain widespread recognition and currency in twentieth century criticism. Of all of the insights contained within Aspects of the Novel, none has been more influential or widely discussed than Forster's discussion of "flat" and "round" characters. So familiar by now as to seem commonplace, Forster's distinction is meant to categorize the different qualities of characters in literature and examine the purposes to which they are put. Still, it would be wrong to reduce this book to its most famous line of argument and enquiry. Aspects of the Novel also discusses the difference between story and plot, the characteristics of prophetic fiction, and narrative chronology. Throughout, Forster draws on his extensive readings in English, French, and Russian literature, and discusses his ideas in reference to such figures as Joyce, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, James, Sterne, Defoe, and Proust.

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